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Do You Know the Signs of a Heart Attack for Women?
Posted By Carole Carson On March 29, 2012 @ 10:00 am In Health Talk | No Comments
Heart disease, not breast cancer, is the number one killer of women. In fact, heart disease kills more women than the next seven most deadly diseases combined.
Women sometimes fail to recognize a heart attack because their acute symptoms are different than those of men experiencing a heart attack. Severe chest pain may occur during a heart attack for both men and women, but women also report pain or discomfort in other areas of the body before or during a heart attack. Pressure, tightness, aching or burning in the upper back, neck, shoulders, arms, jaw or throat can be signs of heart distress.
Women have also described the discomfort as a sharpness, a fullness or a tingling. Shortness of breath, fatigue, stomach pain, cold sweats, dizziness, indigestion or nausea also may occur during the acute phase of a heart attack.
Women can reduce the risk of heart disease (and ovarian and breast cancers) by controlling cholesterol levels, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Losing weight can also reduce the risk of heart attack.
Here are seven steps physicians tell women to take to prevent a heart attack:
Women are inclined to ignore their symptoms or treat warning signs as something other than a heart attack. Because of these tendencies, women are urged to pay attention to feelings of unusual fatigue or discomfort. If taken seriously, the warnings signs can save the life of someone’s mother, aunt, sister or daughter.
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